New rumors point to a second quarter 2014 unveiling date for the 7D Mark II, with actual availability not until third quarter.
There are really no new spec rumors at this point; however, the launch timeframe has been consistent for almost a year now. The one thing about the specs, however, that has been consistent since early rumors of the 7D Mark II started festering is the video-centric feature set.
While Canon can launch a camera anytime it wants to and command a whole lot of attention, there is a significant video event happening right as Q2 starts. NAB 2014 kicks off April 5, so it would be a prime opportunity to get a feature-heavy HDSLR in front of a lot of industry players and command a lot of buzz from HDSLR enthusiasts.
Blackmagic Design stole the show the past two years with the BMCC in 2012 and the combo of the Pocket Cinema Camera and 4K camera in 2013. Maybe Canon will reach for some of Blackmagic’s thunder this year at NAB…
Previously rumored specs for the 7D Mark II include the following:
- 24.1mp APS-C Sensor
- Dual DIGIC V
- Dual Memory Card Slots (Unknown configuration)
- 61 AF Points
- 3.2″ LCD
- Build quality like 5D3
- GPS & Wifi
- $2199 ($500 more than the 7D at launch)
- ISO Performance to get close to the 5D3
- “Lots of video features”
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